Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Dinner connects business and industry with Saskatoon students

Presented by Graham Group, Sask Polytech’s Business and Industry Dinner provides networking opportunities and raises funds for student awards 

November 28, 2018 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic Business and Industry Dinners presented by Graham Group provide a valuable applied learning opportunity for students to build networks for their future careers. Employers in attendance are provided the opportunity to meet with potential future hires. This year’s keynote speaker is Hotel and Restaurant Management diploma program alumnus Melinda Park. In 2017 Park was a recipient of the Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2017 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.

Park is a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais in the Securities and Capital Markets Group at the Calgary office. Park is a senior member of firm management, having recently completed her term as chair of the partnership board, becoming the first woman at Borden Ladner Gervais to hold this position. She has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada since 2015. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer-review guide to the legal profession worldwide.

Proceeds from the Business and Industry Dinners help fund Sask Polytech’s student awards program and provide more students with access to financial assistance. To date, the value of scholarships and bursaries supported by the event and given to students totals more than $2 million. Over 1,000 business and industry professionals, alumni, faculty and students are expected to attend the 2018 provincial dinner series.

In addition to networking opportunities, attendees will get to hear about some of Sask Polytech’s recent accomplishments. Thanks to our focus on applied research over the past few years, Sask Polytech ranks No. 6 on the 2018 list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges in terms of research income growth.

“Our Business and Industry Dinners are a highlight of my annual calendar and an excellent reminder of how fortunate Saskatchewan Polytechnic is to have such strong partnerships in business and industry,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic. “These dinners are a great opportunity for our students to network directly with industry leaders, business partners and successful alumni and for business and industry leaders to find first-class future employees!”

“Graham Group is proud to sponsor Sask Polytech in 2018 for the Business and Industry dinners across its campuses. Graham brings construction excellence and project delivery to its many customers in the buildings, infrastructure, mining, power, and energy sectors. Our breadth of experience is wide and our construction roots run deep, and Graham’s enduring legacy is a result of a steadfast belief in commitment, integrity and reliability.”

“Graham admires Sask Polytech’s progressive approach to delivering programs, balanced with applied learning skills, and the school’s solid track record of delivering graduates to all of the sectors it serves, along with its seamless commitment to diversity. Graham believes that the strong connections to the employers and students it serves uniquely positions Sask Polytech to grow. In partnership with Athabasca Basin Development LP, Graham is part of Points Athabasca Contracting LP and Great Plains Contracting LP, two of the most successful aboriginal construction firms in the region. Sask Polytech takes a leadership role in developing aboriginal students for, not just Graham’s business, but all sectors of the economy. Please enjoy your evening in the company of the many sought-after graduates that are attending the Business and Industry Dinners.”

Media are invited to attend.

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Location: TCU Place
35 22 Street East, Saskatoon
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner/program: 6:30 p.m.
Presenting sponsor: Graham Group Ltd.
Campus sponsor: Nutrien
Speaker: Melinda Park is a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais in the Securities and Capital Markets Group at the Calgary office. She is a Sask Polytech alumnus of the Hotel and Restaurant Management program.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.